For Immediate Release
September 23, 2020
For more information contact:
Children's Forum Staff Director
Phone: (301) 458-4082
Federal report on well-being of America's children and families is now available.
Birth rates were highest for adolescents in rural counties; children in metropolitan areas had lowest poverty rates.
America's Children in Brief 2020 highlights selected indicators by metropolitan status to give the reader a closer look at how well-being may vary by the type of community in which children live.
This year's Brief reports that the birth rates among females ages 15–19 were highest in rural counties (26 per 1,000), followed by micropolitan (small city or town) areas (24 per 1,000), and metropolitan areas (16 per 1,000).1
In 2018, poverty rates were lower for children ages 0–17 living in metropolitan areas (17%) than for children living in micropolitan areas (22%) and children living in rural areas (23%). The difference between micropolitan and rural areas was not statistically significant.
Poverty rates for White, non-Hispanic; American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic; and Asian, non-Hispanic children ages 0–17 were highest in rural areas. Poverty rates for Black, non-Hispanic children were highest in micropolitan areas, and poverty rates for Hispanic children were highest in nonmetropolitan areas.
Other highlights from this year's report include:
This report is published by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics and is posted on www.childstats.gov. Single hard copies are available free from: The Government Printing Office, 8660 Cherry Lane, Laurel, MD 20707. firstname.lastname@example.org
1 2010 Standards for Delineating Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas, 75 Fed. Reg. 37246 (proposed June 28, 2010). Retrieved from https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2010/06/28/2010-15605/2010-standards-fordelineating-metropolitan-and-micropolitan-statistical-areas